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A bowl of cauliflower shrimp fried rice with chopsticks

Low Carb Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice Recipe


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  • Author: Susan
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

Welcome back, food enthusiasts! Today, I'm thrilled to share a culinary masterpiece that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also aligns with your commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Say hello to our latest creation: Low Carb Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice! 🍤🍚

In this culinary adventure, we're diving into a world where juicy shrimp and fresh cauliflower rice coalesce to form a symphony of flavors that will redefine your idea of a healthy dinner. 


Ingredients

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  • Cooking Spray - 4 Sprays
  • 2 Tablespoon of Coconut Aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon of Hot Sauce or Sriracha
  • 1 pound of Uncooked Shrimp
  • 2 cups of Frozen Peas
  • 1 cup of Shredded Carrots
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 1 pound of Uncooked Cauliflower Rice
  • 2/3 cup of Chopped Scallions


Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together your coconut aminos and hot sauce. Set aside for later.
  2. Coat a  large nonstick skillet or large wok with a spritz of olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add your shrimp to the wok and drizzle with a splash of sesame oil; stir fry 3-4 minutes until the shrimp are done. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
  3. Re coat the same pan with cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Add the peas and carrots and garlic to  the pan; stir fry 2-3 minutes. Add the cauliflower rice and scallions; stir fry another 3-4 minutes. Now add the shrimp and sauce into the frying pan and mix together with a wooden spoon for an additional 1-2 minutes. Toss to combine making sure to get all the rice from the side of the pan so that everything is coated nicely.
  4. Ready to serve - serving size 1 1/2 cups. Garnish with sesame seeds.

Notes

  • Use Riced Cauliflower:
    • Substitute traditional rice with cauliflower rice to reduce carbs and calories. You can buy pre-riced cauliflower or make it at home by pulsing cauliflower florets in a food processor.
  • Balance Vegetables:
    • Load up on non-starchy vegetables like bell peppers, carrots, peas, and green onions. These add flavor, color, and nutrients without significantly increasing the SmartPoints.
  • Choose Lean Protein:
    • Opt for lean shrimp to keep the dish light. Shrimp is a great source of protein without adding excessive fat or calories.
  • Control Oil Usage:
    • Use a minimal amount of heart-healthy oil, such as olive oil or sesame oil, for sautéing. This helps control the overall fat content of the dish.
  • Incorporate Aromatics:
    • Enhance flavor with garlic, ginger, and onions. These aromatic ingredients can elevate the taste of your cauliflower shrimp fried rice without adding extra points.
  • Add Low-Sodium Soy Sauce:
    • Choose low-sodium soy sauce to reduce the sodium content of your dish. It adds a savory umami flavor without compromising on taste.
  • Include Egg for Texture:
    • Scramble eggs and mix them into the fried rice for added texture and protein. This will make your dish more satisfying and filling.
    • Mindful Portion Control:
      • Be conscious of portion sizes. Even with healthier ingredients, overeating can impact your Weight Watchers points.
    • Experiment with Herbs and Spices:
      • Use herbs and spices like cilantro, basil, or red pepper flakes to add depth and variety to the flavors without extra calories.
    • Incorporate Pineapple or Mango:
      • For a touch of sweetness, consider adding small amounts of diced pineapple or mango. This can provide a burst of flavor without significantly impacting the SmartPoints.
    • Prep Ingredients in Advance:
      • Have all your ingredients chopped and ready before you start cooking. This makes the cooking process smoother and ensures you won't be tempted to add unnecessary items during the rush.
    • Avoid High-Calorie Additions:
      • Skip high-calorie ingredients like cashews or coconut milk. While tasty, they can contribute significantly to the overall calorie and point count.
    • Steam Instead of Fry:
      • Steam the cauliflower rice first before stir-frying. This softens the cauliflower and reduces the cooking time, minimizing the risk of overcooking and turning it mushy.
    • Practice Mindful Eating:
      • Enjoy your cauliflower shrimp fried rice slowly, savoring each bite. This helps you recognize when you're full, preventing overeating.
      • Hydrate with Water:
        • Stay hydrated with water or other low-calorie beverages during your meal. This can help you feel full and satisfied without relying on extra food.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 200
  • Sugar: 7.7 g
  • Sodium: 542.8 mg
  • Fat: 1.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.5 g
  • Protein: 29.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 182.5 mg